Parsons Paris classes will be conducted online beginning October 30, 2020, with only limited activities taking place on campus starting on November 2, 2020. Learn More 
Students are encouraged to consult the Parsons Paris 20-21 Academic Plan.

  • History

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  • Parsons has maintained a presence in Paris since 1921, when Frank Alvah Parsons first established the Paris Ateliers of the New York School of Fine and Applied Art. The school offered courses in the decorative arts, architecture, scenography, and costume design and counted Elsie de Wolfe and Edith Wharton among its patrons. In 1930, Jean-Michel Frank’s students at the school created the Parsons Table, an icon of modern design. The Paris school closed in Paris in 1939 but was reopened in 1948 and has welcomed international students in Paris since then. In 1970, Parsons merged with The New School, a university founded in 1919 by a group of eminent scholars dedicated to the social sciences and the performing arts.

    Parsons Paris' new academic center, established in 2013 at 45 rue Saint-Roch, reflects the pedagogical mission of The New School. Provost Tim Marshall said, "We set about to ‘design a design school' that could operate more deftly and strongly in the New School context, and—more broadly—that would have the agility to respond to, anticipate, and lead dynamic changes in the art and design professions and in the academy." This new educational programming places students and faculty within a dense network of colleagues that effectively responds to dramatic global shifts in demographics, economics, and culture. 

  • Contact Us

    Parsons Paris
    45 rue Saint-Roch
    75001 Paris, France
    +33 (0)1.76.21.76.40
    Email us for information

    Parsons School of Design
    Office of Admission
    72 Fifth Avenue,
    2nd floor
    New York, NY 10011
    1.212.229.5900

  • Take The Next Step

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Undergraduates

To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

Graduates

To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

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